Eagerly awaited: The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – A little disappointing after all the buildup, but a wild ride and great airplane read.  Wish I had a dictionary of Dominican Spanish slang.  My personal takeaway quote:

Every snake always thinks it’s biting into a rat until the day it bites into a mongoose.

Last month’s book club: Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida – Weird and potentially wonderful.  Mainly made us all want to visit the ice hotel and drink vodka, which I suppose is enough to qualify it as a summer read.

Passed on from book swap, months later: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – Despite the nearly irresistible  urge to call this book “Like Water for Elephants” it stands on its own with great humor and historical depth.

This month’s book club: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – Sorry, it’s against the Rules of Book Club to discuss the book before the meeting.

Most played after seeing her in concert: The Great Beyond by Aimee Mann (the special acoustic version if you can get it – I got it on iTunes) love the keyboard line, hammond organ maybe?

Recently picked up on remainder at Brookline Booksmith: The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited by Ira Glass; Total Immersion by Allegra Goodman; Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra – we shall see…